Ruth’s Chris–how the famed steakhouse does seafood

Everyday this week, I’ll be posting short reads on some of my favorite Indianapolis restaurants for seafood. This is post two of 10. If you get a chance to visit, or have a place you think I should check out, drop me a line—I’d love to hear from you!

I’m not a big fan of steak, or of most beef or poultry for that matter. I don’t have any opposition to the consumption of meat, I just prefer seafood so generally, I choose some kind of fish or shellfish when eating out. But, for anyone who knows anything about steakhouses, then they know Ruth’s Chris is one of the top places for steak in the country … so when I went there, I was skeptical at first—what would I order? Alas, I was pleasantly surprised by the restaurants offerings and absolutely loved my dinner.

Ruth’s Chris might be a steakhouse, but their seafood offerings are equally (if not more) delicious

There are two Ruth’s Chris restaurants in Indy. I went to the more recently developed one on the north side. Previously, the restaurant was in a bit of an odd location and to be honest, the interior was lacking any kind of substantial ambiance. But now that its moved adjacent to the hip Ironworks Hotel, the place is inviting, and the interior exquisite. To each their own, but I prefer to eat in the bar area. If you visit in the warmer months, the outdoor patio is the place to be as it thrives with guests and music and comfortable seating.

The Food
To start, I shared the colossal lump blue crab stack (seen above) with avocado, mango and cucumber … but, although this crab stack is on the appetizer list it would be a great meal for one—I mean hey, let’s be honest, who wants to share something this amazing?!? For my main meal, I had the chef’s special: in-season, Alaskan halibut served over grits. I could not have been happier! First, I love grits … what can I say, sometimes it’s the simple things that make me smile. As for halibut, honestly it’s not my favorite fish, but because it was the chef’s special, I ordered it—and it was flaky, and light, and full of flavor.

To get the best fish dish at a steakhouse, order the special

Bottom line: Clearly, this is a never-disappoint restaurant with excellent food and although it doesn’t offer a ton of seafood dishes, what it does have is sublime and it’s clear the chef takes just as much pride in preparing the pescatarian offerings as the more traditional, steakhouse ones. So yes, I will frequent this steakhouse not for the steak, but definitly for the seafood. |

Coming up NEXT WEEK on the blog … perfect oven-baked salmon and lobster thermidor.

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So my blog, Seafood is The New Black, is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. And over on Seafood in the Circle City, you can read up on my favorite Indianapolis restaurants that serve seafood, and serve it well. As you read along, you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—and some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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